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Out of print in the U.S. Original soundtrack to the 1983 motion picture composed by Jerry Goldsmith. Twilight Zone: The Movie featured four short stories, three of them based on episodes of the popular television series from the mind of Rod Serling. The movie was co-produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Spielberg, John Landis, George Miller and Joe Dante. The excellent cast includes John Lithgow, Scatman Crothers, Dan Ayckroyd, Albert Brooks and Vic Morrow, who was killed on the set alongside his two young co-stars in a freak accident. Warner.
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...the album is short (45:20), but a little bit of Goldsmith goes a long way. The highlights are the scores from the segments "Kick the Can" and "It's A Good Life". There are some recognizable Goldsmith touches but that does not lessen their impact or beauty.
It just shows that one has a trained "Goldsmith ear". Any fan worth his/her weight in gold would be able to discern Goldsmith's style from another's.
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I really love his predominant use of snare drums and piano in 'Time Out'. A propulsive and relentless militaristic piece of music that describes the odyssey of Vic Morrow's character through different stages of time.
Then we have the lovely track 'Kick The Can', in which Goldsmith musically describes the wish of certain seniors to be young again. A very touching cue indeed.
'A Good Life' is not quite the kind of music I love to hear from Goldsmith, but I must admit that it fulfills its mission of conveying weirdness, with a little tribute to Carl Stalling on the side.
Finally, before we get to hear the "Twilight Zone" end credits, we get to hear a true thrilling track titled 'Nightmare At 20,000 Feet'. A spectacular piece of music that makes us feel the fears of an airline passenger (John Lithgow) who sees some sort of a monster on the plane wing.
The only track that seems to be out of place is the song 'Nights Are Forever', sung by Jennifer Warnes. Even though it's composed by Goldsmith and lyricist John Bettis, and it's played in the 'Time Out' sequence, the song feels kinda strange in the album, as well as in the film.
In general, this is one good album that should be in every soundtrack fan's collection.
So was it worth the wait? I'll say. I really wanted it for the scores to Segment 2 ("Kick the Can") and Segment 3 ("It's a Good Life"), and to finally here it in such quality is fantastic. The sweeping, waltzing score for "Kick the Can" is vivacious and moving, while the music for the cartoon nightmare of "It's a Good Life" is fantastical, scary and at times surreal, capturing perfectly the mood of the segment. There are only 8 tracks listed on the CD, but several of these are almost 10 minutes long, so don't be discouraged by appearances.
This CD is the original orchestral/synthesiser orchestra recording, not a re-recording, and comes recommended to all of Jerry Goldsmith's fans and film score-philes alike.
Jerry Goldsmith is the man. I'm convinced that he is incapable of writing a bad score and this is no exception. It definitely helps to have seen the movie to fully appreciate the music, which encapsulates the different sections of the film to perfection. Just experience the gloom-laden music for "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" and then compare with the insanity of "It's a Good Life".
The Jennifer Warne track inclusion is a bit of a reach, as it only features briefly playing in the background in the jukebox in the "Time Out" section. But it's a nice song and strangely doesn't seem too out of place.
The only reason I've given this 4 stars instead of 5 is because there are is no extra music for the CD release.
But never mind. Do yourself a favour and experience the genius that is Jerry Goldsmith!!